Edinburgh Festival Fireworks

And that’s it for 2016 – Haste ye back 2017

The culmination of the festival is a spectacular pyrotechnic fireworks concert…. the sky lights up in time to music from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from, this all takes place from the castle, it  can be heard and seen from many places across the city

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Fireworks

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Fireworks

I have never attempted firework photos before, I did take many, oh so many!! 😉 I’ll upload a wee album soon as I can

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Street Performers

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is over for 2016!
During the month of August you will find a plethora of street performers around the city centre plying their trade.   Juggling fire seems to be one of the more popular acts, (I always think that juggling fire in Scotland is rather optimistic, as it does rains a lot) but some are more daring juggling dangerous weapons including chainsaws and machetes.   Unfortunately I only had the ooomph to get out and take photos towards the end.  Below is a small gallery of the performers that graced the streets of Edinburgh in August 2016.

Interestingly something else happened! The middle of the festival a Saturday afternoon I managed to walk the length of the High Street without being offered a single flyer, even after making eye contact.  Many will call me a liar, but it did indeed happen…. perhaps they just though there goes the grumpiest man in Edinburgh?  😉

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

During the month of August, you will see many wonderful street performers on the Royal Mile…. Many, oh so many who juggle with fire, some make it more interesting not just juggling the normal fire sticks, but with nasty weapons.  This fella was juggling a axe on fire and a few machetes.

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Axe Fire Juggler

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

 

 

The Castle in Red

I pass the castle almost every single day, sometimes I just don’t register… she is always there.
at night, she is illuminated, sometimes she changes colour, tonight she was a bonny shade of red… here she is in all her clory

Red Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle – Red!

Wojtek the Polish war bear

Earlier this month a new statue was unveiled in Princes Street gardens, it was of Wojtek the Polish war bear.
Wojtek was a brown bear, which was found in Iran and adopted by the Polish army.

Wojtek - Statue in Princes Street Gardens

Wojtek – Statue in Princes Street Gardens

Wojtek was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a Private and was listed among the soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company.

Wojtek - Statue in Princes Street Gardens

Wojtek – Statue in Princes Street Gardens

Following demobilisation on 15 November 1947, Wojtek was given to Edinburgh Zoo, where he spent the rest of his life, often visited by journalists and former Polish soldiers.

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Scottish Rugby Coo

In 2006 the Cow parade festival visited Edinburgh, you can still see some of the fiber-glass cows dotted around the city.  This fella can be found at the corner or Lothian Road and Shandwick place.  However, he has a new clothes, I can only assume he is dressed up for the Rugby World Cup!

Scottish Rugby Coo

Scottish Rugby Coo